Class, Interrupted

So, this semester life decided to throw me a curve ball. I started the semester optimistic. Classes started abnormally early (Aug 10), but that was because MPOW added both a fall break and an extra week of classes this year, bringing us back to the 16-week semester that seems more common. (Right before I started, […]

Back to school

Tomorrow is the first day of fall semester at my university. I’m looking forward to the first day of class on Thursday! Yes, it will be the “syllabus day“, but it’s also a time to set the tone for the semester. With this in mind, I thought I’d share one of the ways I try […]

Reflecting on this past semester

On Tuesday this week, my campus held a conference on pedagogy, sponsored by our Center for Teaching & Learning. One of the sessions I went to was a panel presentation / roundtable discussion led by a few people who had participated in a book study group. They read and discussed bell hooks’ Teaching to Transgress […]

Alternate CVs

I’ve seen a few people sharing their CV of failures lately. I get why that’s a thing, but I am really good at forgetting or modifying failures in my mind. So, either all I remember is the lesson (if there was a lesson to be learned from that failure) or it was a blessing in […]

Take his a$$ to Red Lobster

Guess what song I have stuck in my head this morning! But it has me thinking. There is a LOT in that song that has to do with race, and you should be reading more qualified authors examine that aspect. But this one line also relates to class. The other day, Emily Drabinski tweeted about […]


In February, I was notified that the university president has approved my application for tenure & promotion! It won’t be effective until July 1, but it’s a big relief to have that official notice! I’ve neglected this blog for a long time now. I was inspired to actually try to write again after reading Radical […]

Welcome to fall semester

This past week was the first week of fall semester classes at my university. This is the first time in a while that I’ve taught only one regular section of our 2 credit hour information literacy course. Last semester I only taught one section, but it was an honors section, so I spent a lot […]

Since the last time I wrote about my class…

We’ve had 5 class meetings since my last post about my class – some more interesting than others. On Wed, Feb 4, the plan was to work on the beginning stage of developing research questions for them to focus on for the rest of the semester. Unfortunately, attendance was pretty low that day – only […]